Over 19k Saudi students enroll for distance learning

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Updated 02 June 2020

Over 19k Saudi students enroll for distance learning

  • During the past year, 50,000 students at the university benefited from the electronic services system put in place to continue courses remotely

MADINAH: Over 19,000 students have chosen to pursue their bachelor’s and master’s degrees online by joining distance learning courses at Taibah University in Madinah.
The university’s rector, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani, noted that the start of online courses for the summer semester coincided with the return to work of 50 percent of the university’s staff following the ease in restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Al-Sarani stressed the importance of adhering to all preventive measures and ensured that the university would fully comply with these.
“We will work on raising awareness and educating staff about the regulations established by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and the Ministry of Health,” he said.
Al-Sarani also noted that the educational process during the summer semester would return to normal, helping students via remote electronic services.
During the past year, 50,000 students at the university benefited from the electronic services system put in place to continue courses remotely.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 16 July 2020

Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.